Have you seen this woman?
Of course you have. She popped up all across September’s #1 issues from DC Comics, both as a blink-or-you’ll-miss-her cameo in titles like All-Star Western or in jarringly conspicuous appearances such as The Savage Hawkman. But starting with her very first Easter egg manifestation in Justice League #1, readers have been questioning her role in the new DC Universe, positing that she may be a talisman to wish all the change away should the reboot go south. Was she intended as a fail-safe reset-the-reset button?
According to a blog post from DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras, the hooded pink lady linking Flashpoint to the New 52 is more than a mere Where’s Waldo level anomaly. Though she’s not the keystone to the DC/Marvel crossover Ron hypothesized last month. Unsurprisingly, Harras’ emphasis is on forward progression and line-wide cohesion rather than potential retreat.
One of the coolest things for me about The New 52 was that it gave us the ability to work very far in advance. We knew exactly what we wanted to do in terms of connecting FLASHPOINT to our new universe. Geoff Johns had an amazing backstory for the mysterious woman who appears at the end of FLASHPOINT #5. We had a plan for where we thought she’d go next, but since we had enough time to really think, Jim Lee, Geoff and I figured out that it was possible to expand this character’s next appearance into ALL of the #1 issues – a daunting task to be sure, but a one-time opportunity to do something like this and really drive home how important this character is. To keep track of this plan, we created the wall in Liz’s office and put up each page as it was completed.
You’ll soon see the next step in this character’s evolution in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE, and in the months to come you will see more events ripple across titles as we continue to weave the DC Universe together and tell even more amazing stories.
So, who is this Pink Lady? Do you like the idea of connecting these disparate series by a mystical figure associated with Flashpoint? Is it too much, too soon?